The sultry soul singer turned 56 years young on January 16.

1. Happy birthday, Sade!

2. Happy birthday, Sade!

3. Happy birthday, Sade!

4. Happy birthday, Sade!

5. Sade in 1985

Sade was born Helen Folasade Adu on January 16, 1959.

6. Sade in 2011

Folasade means “honor confers your crown.” (Photo: PRPhotos)

7. Sade in 2010

The British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer is 54 years old.

8. Sade in 2011

Sade was born to a Nigerian father and English mother.

9. Sade in 1989

While in college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang background vocals.

10. Sade in 2011

Sade’s first album, Diamond Life, debuted in 1984.

11. Sade in 2001

In 2002, she received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and she dedicated her award to “all black women in England”.

12. Sade in 2011

Sade is the most successful solo female artist in British history. She has sold over 110 million albums worldwide.

13. Sade

Sade has one daughter and currently lives in the English countryside. (Photo: PRPhotos)

14. Sade in 2011

Happy birthday, Sade!